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Re: [OM] Where’s Waldo Schnozz

Subject: Re: [OM] Where’s Waldo Schnozz
From: "Michael R. Collins" <MRC.OlympusList@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 15:58:38 -0400
Ke, I've a feeling you're not in Grinnell anymore... good on yer, mate!


On 2023-05-08 1:02 a.m., Ken Norton wrote:

This is just one of the many sightings. I've been working with a
couple of bands up here in Alaska doing co-gigs. We alternate between
DJ sets and live music. While we have some fine-tuning to do, it's
actually working out brilliantly. It's really fun when we actually do
a live transition from one to the other. I'm also working with a
couple other musicians to start an EDM band which by very nature is a
weird crossover thing. Meanwhile, I'm continuing to work on creating
original music (mostly techno or remixed pop/hip-hop/dance). My new
goal is to be doing some festivals NEXT summer on at least two
continents. Whether that happens or not, at least I'm having fun and
doing something I've never done before. My other goal is to have a
once-a-month "residency" somewhere in Asia. (I'm currently negotiating
for a large event gig in the Philippines with the high likelihood of

I've gotten heavily immersed in the Alaska music scene. Fortunately
(and unfortunately) everyone knows everyone. I'm told that I'm the
best sound engineer in the state. I wouldn't say that I am, but I'm
likely the only one who isn't high or drunk. I'm not saying that the
two things correlate, but I'm not saying they don't either.

I did finally have to acquire a few sound-system items of my own for
some contracted gigs this summer. The fun part is flying myself and a
bunch of sound gear around the state to remote locations. I did pick
up a pair of QSC K12.2 loudspeakers as QSC is the speaker of choice up
here in the north. Reliable, sound excellent, and they can be used for
rentals everywhere. I picked up a secondhand QSC TouchMix-16 for the
gigs that I don't want to drag a Yamaha LS9-32/Dante around. I run it
from an iPad. At the end of the season I'll probably sell everything,
get new ones for next year. (I bought everything heavily discounted)
The new Yamaha DM3 is looking very enticing and my heart is always
going to be with Yamaha digital mixers.

On the other hand, I might not get new stuff next year if things go a
different way and I'm doing the travel thing. If so, I'm probably
going to put a fork in the live-sound thing altogether--I've been
doing it for many decades now. I'm having much more fun being in the
front of the room instead of the back.

Anyway, I'm alive and well. I don't sleep much. The day job is pretty
awesome. Sadly, I don't have much of a chance to take pictures.
However, I recognized that I was using Photography as an escape from
domestic problems and abusive relationship. With changes in life
events and lifestyles, I'm just taking a bit of a mental break from it
for a while until the artistic juices start flowing in that direction
again. My efforts right now are in music, but if/when that runs its
course, the cameras will take priority again.

Alaska is super awesome. I'm where I'm supposed to be.

AK Schnozz

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